Hand Plane and Belly Boarding

Posted: August 4, 2018 at 8:59 am

1965 Lewis Cawsey bodysurfing with a hand plane and Greg Vaughan bellyboarding, at Cronulla Point. Photo Jack Eden.

Interview with Lewis Cawsey    

At home we used to make our own boats and we had marine ply. I got the idea of what was going on in the surfing scene and made my own paipo board. I had a mate up the street, Greg Vaughan, who ended up buying his own bellyboard (two fins) from school friends. Swim fins came from the Bob Frazer Sports Store in Cronulla, near the theater. Greg’s board had a laminated wood resin finish and two fins—nice board. Mine was just marine ply and varnished. My ply paipo board was also used as a skim board when the surf wasn’t working. 

Rest of interview at



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1968 Wanda Sand Dunes

Posted: August 4, 2018 at 8:47 am

1968. The Wanda Sandhills were an imposing backdrop of most Cronulla shots taken in the 60’s and 70’s. Tim Vanderlaan photo collection.

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Cronulla Club Titles ’64

Posted: May 21, 2018 at 4:43 pm


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Ray Hitcho

Posted: May 21, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Early days with Hitcho and his mates from Retrospecthitcho

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1969 Jackson Stringerless

Posted: March 25, 2018 at 8:17 am

1969 Jackson stringerless.

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Norm Casey

Posted: November 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

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Wanda ’62 photo John Coote

Posted: September 27, 2017 at 11:51 am


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Jackson Surfboard

Posted: September 17, 2017 at 10:42 am

An old Jackson 66-67, possibly shaped by Gordon Merchant.

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Elouera Beach 1968.

Posted: September 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

Empty waves and a surfboat. Elouera Beach 1968.Tim Vanderlaan surf photo collection.


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Bobby Brown

Posted: August 16, 2017 at 10:58 am

Frame-grabs of Bobby Brown from Evo’s ‘Ride a White Horse’

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